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Review Entries for Day Monday, September 13, 2010
The South West Branch of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Monday, 27th September 2010 in the Babbage Building at the University of Plymouth, starting at 6:30pm.
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Review Entries for Day Friday, August 13, 2010

Alastair Revell commented on the importance of domain security in an article written by journalist Kathleen Hall of Computer Weekly today.

The article was concerned that many SMEs lack the skills needed to run their own websites.

Alastair Revell said: “There is an argument that using external expertise is very valuable to SMEs, especially in areas such as web publishing, where in-house skills are likely to be in very short supply. However, owners and managers must be careful not to lose control.”

He was concerned that many SMEs fail to ensure that their domains are actually registered in their own name, which can lead to problems.

Why not read the rest of the article at Computer Weekly?

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Friday, August 13, 2010 4:59:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, August 09, 2010
Revell Research Systems celebrated its 25th birthday on 1st August 2010. Alastair Revell, who continues to manage the business on a day-to-day basis as the firm’s Managing Consultant, established the business in 1985.
Alastair Revell, who holds a number of senior appointments within the IT profession, including being a Member of Council and the Membership Director of the Institution of Analysts and Programmers, commented: “The last twenty-five years has been an interesting journey to say the least! I established the consultancy shortly after Microsoft produced Windows 1.0. While Windows is still ever-present, the computing world is very different indeed. It has changed beyond all recognition. The challenge for any consultancy providing advice on IT is distinguishing what is a fad from what is important. That is not always easy! We’ve done it so far, but we must work just as hard, if not harder, just to make sure we keep doing it!”
Alastair Revell established Revell Research Systems in August 1985 before he started his mathematics degree at the University of Birmingham a few months later. He graduated in 1988 and is both a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng). He is an elected member of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT’s South West Branch Committee and an appointed member of the same body’s national Membership Board Best Practice Committee. He also assesses applicants for registration as Chartered IT Professionals.
The consultancy celebrated its 21st birthday in 2006 and marked its coming of age by establishing an annual prize for the best Computing graduate at the University of Plymouth. The fifth recipient will be formally announced during the graduation ceremony on The Hoe in Plymouth on Wednesday, 22nd September 2010.
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Monday, August 09, 2010 5:05:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, July 19, 2010

Our Managing Consultant, Alastair Revell, has been appointed to BCS The Chartered Institute for IT's Membership Board Best Practice Committee. The committee will look at ways of spreading best practice between the Institute's various constituent groups, namely its branches and specialist interest groups.

Alastair Revell is a professional member of BCS The Chartered Institute for IT (MBCS) as well as being a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) (qualified in software engineering). He is also currently a member of the BCS South West committee.

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Monday, July 19, 2010 6:42:24 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, July 12, 2010

The Institution of Analysts and Programmers has just announced that its Autumn Conference for 2010 will be held in London on Friday, 17th September 2010 and will concentrate on The Intelligent Environment.

The programme of speakers at the event includes Professor Peter McOwan from the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science from Queen Mary College, University of London; Keith Errey, the COO and Founder of Toumaz Technology Limited; Blay Whitby, Lecturer in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Sussex; Jon Bird, Head of Sustainability for CE Electric UK and Rachel Cary, a senior policy advisor for the Green Alliance.

The Institution has a good reputation for putting on thought-provoking conferences and seminars as the UK's leading body for those engaged in business analysis and software development.

This conference is being held at The Magic Circle's Headquarters at 12 Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD, which is just two minutes from Euston and seven minutes from King's Cross, which adds an interesting twist. As the literature for the event says: "This is where the finest magicians in the world meet regularly to invent illusions, share secrets and master their magic. There is a small exhibition of magical equipment, but please note that the Institution will take no responsibility for members who disappear into mystery cabinets or get sawn in half."

The cost to non-members is £188.00 (including VAT) and £94.00 (including VAT) to Members of the Institution. More details:

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Monday, July 12, 2010 9:28:38 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Monday, June 21, 2010

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) celebrated the grant of its Royal Charter at St Paul's Cathedral in London on Thursday, 17th June 2010. The body, which is the City of London's 100th livery company, was established in 1985 and the grant recognises its contribution to charities and education.

Livery companies in the City of London have an eight hundred year history of education and supporting charitable causes. Although, the Information Technologists' company is relatively new, it has been very active in the last twenty-five years, with such projects as the Hammersmith Academy.

The livery company has 750 members drawn from the IT profession. Its membership includes such prominent figures as Bill Gates (Microsoft's Former CEO), Vint Cerf (Pioneer of the Internet Protocol) and Sir Tim Berners-Lee (Creator of the Web). Its members devote their time, experience and finances to support charitable and education causes, often linked to information technology.

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Monday, June 21, 2010 11:05:35 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Alastair Revell has been appointed a membership assessor for BCS The Chartered Institute for IT. The role involves assessing applications for membership of the chartered body with other assessors and conducting interviews with applicants seeking registration as Chartered IT Professionals (CITP).

The process for becoming a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) was revised last year and now involves a three stage process, including a test of the candidate’s breadth of knowledge as a senior IT professional, a review of their professional work and an online interview with a presentation made by the candidate on their recent work.

The latest revision of the process now also includes the issue of a Certificate of Current Competence, which lasts for five years and needs to be renewed after this period. The certificate is akin to a practice certificate that is used in other professions, such as the Law.

Registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) is on a par with other chartered professions, such as Chartered Accountants and Chartered Surveyors by virtue of the Royal Charter granted to BCS The Chartered Institute for IT in 1984. Candidates usually need between eight and ten year’s experience before they can apply, although formal education can reduce the amount of experience required to a minimum of five years.

Alastair Revell has also recently become a member of BCS Elite (Effective Leadership in IT). BCS Elite is the United Kingdom’s lead forum for IT Directors and Senior Managers to exchange experiences, views and expectations on how information systems should be managed to achieve business objectives. Membership is reserved to those with overall responsibility for the management of IT. Board level individuals from the IT supply and service industries and the academic and consultancy communities play a part in the Elite programme.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010 7:36:53 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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Review Entries for Day Friday, May 21, 2010

We would encourage everyone to vote for their favourite information pioneer at

The web site vote is being organised by BCS The Chartered Institute for IT and is aimed at raising awareness of the various contributions made by people that have shaped the ICT industry in the broadest sense.

Pioneers include Alan Turing; Ada, Countess of Lovelace and Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Even Sir Clive Sinclair currently appears on the leader board at present.

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Friday, May 21, 2010 6:02:01 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #
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